The Chinese government claims most of the South China Sea near the Spratly islands where Philippines and other neighboring countries also have overlapping claims.
Since China begin it’s land reclamation in December 2013, it had reclaimed more than 2,900 acres (1,170 hectares) of land as of June 2015, China had reclaimed 17 times more land in 20 months than the other claimants combined over the past 40 years, according to reports.
Despite calls from the U.S. to stop their land reclamation, China didn’t stop building structures on their artificial islands that led to U.S. sending it’s warships and practice freedom of navigation in the region.
The Philippines has a strong case against China, but the question is, will China recognize the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration? What will happen if China continues it’s artificial island building?
War is the most impossible thing. However, if there is a war, one should fight it through.
Who do you think will win in a war between China and The Philippines?
Let’s take a look in this military power comparison between the two countries.
Global Fire Power:
CH: 3rd out of 106
PH: 40th out of 106
Active Military Personnel:
Active Military Reserves:
Aircraft (all types):
Attack Aircraft (Fixed-Wing):
Armored Fighting Vehicles: (AFVs)
Self-Propelled Guns: (SPGs)
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: (MLRS)
Merchant Marine Strength:
Major Ports / Terminals:
Annual Defense Budget:
Purchasing Power Parity:
Square Land Area:
CH: 9,596,961 km
PH: 300,000 km
It’s not hard to see who will win in a war between the two countries, but with the Arm Forces of the Philippines’ modernization program and the US helping the Philippines to strengthen its military power. The chances of winning a war against China is not impossible anymore.
Plus the US has a defense treaty with the Philippines, both nations would support each other if either the Philippines or the United States were to be attacked by an external party.
If there is a conflict, US and China will classify it not as a war as much as possible to avoid the situation that US has to take the obligation against China.
Both countries will try all the diplomatic method before war.
As a famous saying associated to British Philosopher Bertrand Russel goes “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” -John Esconde